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Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regs. See the updated section on the What's New page to find all of the topics.
New Documents
Employee News Articles:
The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices just in time for the summer heat.
It’s that time of year again when heat illness is a particularly important safety concern. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workers may experience longer or more intense heat exposures and are more likely to engage in strenuous physical activity in the heat than the general public.
Two entities, Central Machining & Pump Repair Inc. (CMP) in North Dakota and Williams Lumber & Home Centers of New York, have recently earned SHARP status.
This July fourth, celebrate safely. If you plan on celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, the National Council on Fireworks Safety (NCFS) encourages you to review all safety tips before purchasing and using them.
Choose the correct response to the following statements.
Toolbox Talks:
This talk discusses safe work practices for janitorial, maintenance, and housekeeping workers exposed to hazardous chemicals.
This talk discusses safe uses and work practices of compressed air.
This talk discusses safe lifting techniques for lifting activities involving two or more workers.
This talk describes the six basic steps to completing a job hazard analysis (JHA). It is appropriate for any employees, supervisors, or managers who participate in or oversee JHAs as part of their jobs.
This talk discusses the common hazards where hot work with welding and cutting equipment is performed and best practices to implement in order to prevent injuries, fires, and explosions.
This talk discusses the hazards of conveyors and provides employees with safe work practices to follow when using or working near conveyors.
Proposed Rules:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a request for public comment on the proposal in response to petitions for reconsideration of the final rule on lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles.
Final Rules:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued final rule extending by 1 year the compliance date of the regulations established in the final rule on lease and interchange of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles.
Questions & Answers:
For purposes of the final rule, a stepstool includes only those ladders that have a fixed height, do not have a pail shelf, and do not exceed 32 inches in overall height—it does not discuss the number of steps.
White Papers:
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) may be the world’s oldest professional safety organization. But as you’ll read in this Compliance Report, ASSE is certainly not resting on its laurels. The 37,000-member global organization is expanding beyond traditional activities like supporting consensus standards and educating safety professionals.
Speaker's Notes:
Kevlon H. Kirkpatrick and Audra L. Rigby of Certified Crime Prevention Consultants, LLC, discuss behaviors and characteristics of an active shooter, Emergency Operations Plans, and responding to an attack.
Speaker's Notes:
Jonathan Poole, Health & Safety Consultant who specializes in lockout/tagout on behalf of The EI Group, examines the lockout/tagout standards, exceptions, and factors to consider before making changes to any established lockout/tagout procedure or program.
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Phil Molé of VelocityEHS talks about what the recordkeeping rule is, who’s covered under the rule, and why recordkeeping is important.
Speaker's Notes:
Earl Blair, Assistant Professor at Eastern Kentucky University, takes a look at safety culture, why it’s important, employee engagement measures, and leadership.
OSHA does not specifically require employers to equip forklifts with portable fire extinguishers. However, depending on the hazards present in an area where the trucks travel, fire extinguishers may be required in that specific hazardous location.
It’s up to the employer to determine whether to permit shorts and mesh shoes or flip flops in the workplace. OSHA requires a hazard assessment to determine whether personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary (29 CFR 1910.132) If the hazard assessment determines that long pants and closed-toe shoes are necessary to protect the employee or if the shorts and shoes create a safety hazard, the employer should set a policy not allowing them in the workplace.
Proposed Rules:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed to amend the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to allow States to issue a commercial learner's permit (CLP) with an expiration date of up to one year from the date of initial issuance.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed to allow State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to waive the requirements for the commercial driver's license (CDL) knowledge tests for certain individuals who are, or were, regularly employed within the last year in a military position that requires/required, the operation of a commercial motor vehicle.
Speaker's Notes:
In this webinar, Ana Ellington, BLR Legal Editor, explains the purpose of the Walking-Working Surfaces rule, fall protection, rule compliance dates, fall hazard recognition, personal fall protection equipment and systems, and training.
Questions & Answers:
OSHA does not enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, and their requirements are outside of OSHA’s jurisdiction. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, also called OSH Act, requires employers to provide a safe working environment for employees.
Updated Documents
Audio Presentations:
This audio presentation is for employees exposed to falls in general industry workplaces 4 feet or higher above a lower level or ground, or over dangerous equipment. By the end of this session employees will be able to recognize fall hazards and identify when fall protection is needed in the work area; describe and choose the correct fall hazard controls for each situation; inspect, install, disassemble, and maintain personal fall protection systems; correctly use all personal fall protection systems, or PFPS, including guardrails, travel restraint systems, or TRS, and positioning systems; understand the importance of a prompt rescue after a fall; and prevent objects from falling.
PowerPoints:
This session is for employees exposed to falls in general industry workplaces 4 feet or higher above a lower level or ground, or over dangerous equipment. By the end of this session employees will be able to recognize fall hazards and identify when fall protection is needed in the work area; describe and choose the correct fall hazard controls for each situation; inspect, install, disassemble, and maintain personal fall protection systems; correctly use all personal fall protection systems, or PFPS, including guardrails, travel restraint systems, or TRS, and positioning systems; understand the importance of a prompt rescue after a fall; and prevent objects from falling.
Speaker's Notes:
Use these speaker's notes with the PowerPoint to prepare your training. This session is for employees exposed to falls in general industry workplaces 4 feet or higher above a lower level or ground, or over dangerous equipment.
Audio Presentations:
This presentation will help prepare workers at construction sites to recognize potential exposures to hazardous silica dust and take measures to prevent exposure. At the end of the presentation workers will be able to describe respirable crystalline silica and the health effects of exposure to silica dust, at-risk activities on construction worksites that involve airborne release of silica dust, and how to take effective precautions to prevent exposure.
PowerPoints:
This presentation will help prepare workers at construction sites to recognize potential exposures to hazardous silica dust and take measures to prevent exposure. At the end of the presentation workers will be able to describe respirable crystalline silica and the health effects of exposure to silica dust, at-risk activities on construction worksites that involve airborne release of silica dust, and how to take effective precautions to prevent exposure. Download this presentation to train your workers about silica.
Speaker's Notes:
Download this speaker's notes to use with the PowerPoint presentation while training your workers in silica.
Trainer's Guides:
The lack of appropriate PPE is a significant factor in the number and severity of injuries in the workplace. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, in a recent year, hard hats were worn by only 16 percent of those workers who sustained head injuries. Use this Personal Protective Equipment--What Employees Need to Know guide to train your workers on PPE - general.
Job hazard analysis (JHA) is an essential part of any successful safety and health program. Unless you fully understand all the hazards associated with every job in your organization, you can’t take effective steps to prevent accidents, injuries, and job-related illness. JHA gives you the tools you need to provide all your workers with a safe and healthy workplace. Use this trainer's guide to accompany the Job Hazard Analysis PowerPoint presentation.
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136758training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/employee-health/heat-and-cold/Improved-heat-safety-app/Heat and ColdEmployee News Articles Improved heat safety app
136759training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/employee-health/heat-and-cold/Its-summer-and-the-heat-is-here/Heat and ColdEmployee News Articles It’s summer, and the heat is here
136761training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/safety-administration/safety-general/Awards-and-excellence-136761/Safety - GeneralEmployee News Articles Awards and excellence
136762training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/safety-administration/safety-general/Celebrate-the-fourth-safely-/Safety - GeneralEmployee News Articles Celebrate the fourth safely
136763training.aspx/training/employee-news-articles/employee-health/heat-and-cold/Its-summer-and-the-heat-is-here-quiz/Heat and ColdEmployee News Articles It’s summer, and the heat is here quiz
136764training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/hazardous-substances-and-materials/chemical-hazards/Chemical-safety-for-maintenance-workers/Chemical HazardsToolbox Talks Chemical safety for maintenance workers
136765training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/equipment-and-process-safety/hand-and-portable-power-tools/Compressed-air-and-its-hazards/Hand and Portable Power ToolsToolbox Talks Compressed air and its hazards
136766training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/employee-health/back-safety/Safe-team-lifting-practices/Back SafetyToolbox Talks Safe team lifting practices
136767training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/safety-administration/job-hazard-analysis/Six-steps-to-job-hazard-analysis/Job Hazard AnalysisToolbox Talks Six steps to job hazard analysis
136768training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/hazardous-substances-and-materials/welding-cutting-and-brazing/Welding-and-Cutting-Hot-work-hazards-and-best-prac/Welding, Cutting, and BrazingToolbox Talks Welding and cutting -- Hot work hazards and best practices
136769training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-talks/equipment-and-process-safety/conveyors/Working-safely-around-conveyors/ConveyorsToolbox Talks Working safely around conveyors
136728regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/proposed-regulations/CMV-commercial-motor-vehicles-motor-carriers/49-CFR-390-Lease-and-Interchange-of-Vehicles-Motor/Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)Proposed Rules 49 CFR 390 - Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers
136729regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/final-regulations/CMV-commercial-motor-vehicles-motor-carriers/49-CFR-390-Lease-and-Interchange-of-Vehicles-Motor-136729/Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)Final Rules 49 CFR 390 - Lease and Interchange of Vehicles; Motor Carriers of Passengers
136730faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/ladder-safety/For-the-walking-working-surface-new-regulations-ho/LaddersQuestions & Answers For the walking, working surface new regulations, how many steps does a stepstool have to be to be considered for the pre-shift inspection?
136731reference.aspx/workplace-safety-reference-materials/white-papers/safety-administration/safety-general/ASSE-heads-in-bold-new-directions/Safety - GeneralWhite Papers ASSE heads in bold new directions
136732training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/emergency-planning-and-response/violence-in-workplace/Webinar-2017-03-Active-Shooter-in-the-Workplace-Ta/Violence in the WorkplaceSpeaker's Notes Webinar [2017-03]: Active Shooter in the Workplace: Tactical Strategies and Response Protocols to Improve Chances of Survival
136733training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/emergency-planning-and-response/violence-in-workplace/Webinar-2017-03-Active-Shooter-in-the-Workplace-Ta-136733/Violence in the WorkplaceOn-Demand Webinars Webinar [2017-03]: Active Shooter in the Workplace: Tactical Strategies and Response Protocols to Improve Chances of Survival
136734training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/equipment-and-process-safety/lockout-tagout-LOTO/Webinar-2017-03-LockoutTagout-Saving-Time-and-Mone/Lockout/TagoutSpeaker's Notes Webinar [2017-03]: Lockout/Tagout: Saving Time and Money Through OSHA's Minor Servicing Exception and Alternative Protective Measures
136735training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/equipment-and-process-safety/lockout-tagout-LOTO/Webinar-2017-03-LockoutTagout-Saving-Time-and-Mone-136735/Lockout/TagoutOn-Demand Webinars Webinar [2017-03]: Lockout/Tagout: Saving Time and Money Through OSHA's Minor Servicing Exception and Alternative Protective Measures
136736training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/safety-administration/injury-and-illness-records-osha300/Webinar-2017-03-OSHA-Injury-and-Illness-Recordkeep/Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)Speaker's Notes Webinar [2017-03]: OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping: How to Tell Whether an Incident Is Recordable and Reportable
136737training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/safety-administration/injury-and-illness-records-osha300/Webinar-2017-03-OSHA-Injury-and-Illness-Recordkeep-136737/Injury and Illness Records (OSHA 300)On-Demand Webinars Webinar [2017-03]: OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping: How to Tell Whether an Incident Is Recordable and Reportable
136738training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/safety-administration/safety-general/Webinar-2017-03-Safety-Culture-Kickstarters-Identi/Safety - GeneralSpeaker's Notes Webinar [2017-03]: Safety Culture Kickstarters: Identify Gaps and Opportunities to Improve Workforce Engagement
136739training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/safety-administration/safety-general/-Webinar-2017-03-Safety-Culture-Kickstarters-Ident/Safety - GeneralOn-Demand Webinars Webinar [2017-03]: Safety Culture Kickstarters: Identify Gaps and Opportunities to Improve Workforce Engagement
136716faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/hazardous-substances-and-materials/silica/The-new-OSHA-standard-for-respirable-crystalline-s/SilicaQuestions & Answers Is there any distinct prohibition against the use of compressed air, where the use of that air is thought to be the "only" way to clean silica containing dusts off surfaces, or accomplish the end production result?
136726faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/emergency-planning-and-response/fire-extinguishers/We-have-fire-extinguishers-on-our-propane-powered-/Fire ExtinguishersQuestions & Answers We have fire extinguishers on our propane powered forklifts. Are we required to have fire extinguishers on electric forklifts as well, and if so what type?
136719faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/employee-safety/PPE-personal-protective-equipment/Hi-a-question-has-come-up-regarding-bare-legs-and-/PPE - GeneralQuestions & Answers A question has come up regarding bare legs and mesh-type shoes now that the weather has gotten warmer. Are there OSHA guidelines on this or expectation of best standard industry practices?
136710regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/proposed-regulations/CMV-commercial-motor-vehicles-motor-carriers/49-CFR-383-Commercial-Learners-Permit-Validity/Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)Proposed Rules 49 CFR 383 - Commercial Learner's Permit Validity
136711regActivity.aspx/workplace-safety-regulatory-activity/proposed-regulations/CMV-commercial-motor-vehicles-motor-carriers/49-CFR-383-and-384-Military-Licensing-and-State-Co/Commercial Motor Vehicles (Motor Carriers)Proposed Rules 49 CFR 383 and 384 - Military Licensing and State Commercial Driver's License Reciprocity
136712training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/construction-safety/fall-protection-construction/Fall-Protection-Training-for-General-Industry/Fall Protection (Construction)Speaker's Notes Subscriber Only Webinar [2017-06]: Fall Protection Training for General Industry
136713training.aspx/training/on-demand-webinars/construction-safety/fall-protection-construction/Fall-Protection-Training-for-General-Industry-1367/Fall Protection (Construction)On-Demand Webinars Subscriber Only Webinar [2017-06]: Fall Protection Training for General Industry
136715faqs.aspx/workplace-safety-faqs/safety-administration/Disabilities-ADA/Hi-if-we-have-no-ADA-employees-do-we-have-to-have-/ADAQuestions & Answers If we have no ADA employees, do we have to have an evacuation plan for one and is it required by OSHA?
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136569training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-audio-presentations/employee-safety/personal-fall-protection-systems/Personal-Fall-Protection-Systems-in-General-Indust-136569/Personal Fall Protection SystemsAudio Presentations Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know
136559training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-powerpoints/employee-safety/personal-fall-protection-systems/Personal-Fall-Protection-Systems-in-General-Indust/Personal Fall Protection SystemsPowerPoints Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know
136560training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/employee-safety/personal-fall-protection-systems/Personal-Fall-Protection-Systems-in-General-Indust-136560/Personal Fall Protection SystemsSpeaker's Notes Personal Fall Protection Systems in General Industry: What Employees Need to Know
136533training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-audio-presentations/hazardous-substances-and-materials/silica/Respirable-Crystalline-Silica-in-Construction-Prev/SilicaAudio Presentations Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure
136534training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-powerpoints/hazardous-substances-and-materials/silica/Respirable-Crystalline-Silica-in-Construction-Prev-136534/SilicaPowerPoints Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure
136535training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-training-speakers-notes/hazardous-substances-and-materials/silica/Respirable-Crystalline-Silica-in-Construction-Prev-136535/SilicaSpeaker's Notes Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction: Preventing Exposure
116001training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-trainers-guides/employee-safety/PPE-personal-protective-equipment/Personal-Protective-Equipment-What-Employees-Need-116001/PPE - GeneralTrainer's Guides Personal Protective Equipment--What Employees Need to Know (PDF)
114569training.aspx/training/workplace-safety-trainers-guides/safety-administration/job-hazard-analysis/Job-Hazard-Analysis-PDF-114569/Job Hazard AnalysisTrainer's Guides Job Hazard Analysis (PDF)
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